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The Radical Potter: The Life and Times of Josiah Wedgwood

A bit dry in places but will likely appeal to academics, people in the decorative arts, and history buffs who enjoy biographies that include a solid amount of cultural background.

The Farmer’s Lawyer: The North Dakota Nine and the Fight to Save the Family Farm

An enjoyable true-life legal drama on par with Erin Brockovich. Vogel uses only the occasional legalese, and her story will appeal to readers who enjoy a good underdog legal story.

Treasured Islands: The Explorer’s Guide to Over 200 of the Most Beautiful and Intriguing Islands Around Britain

With rich, colorful pictures and helpful details, this book provides a wealth of information for exploring the many islands around Britain.

The Howe Dynasty: The Untold Story of a Military Family and the Women Behind Britain's Wars for America

This engaging popular history stands apart for its different perspective of the British side of the American Revolution and the Howe family’s involvement in peace efforts.


Maiden Voyages: Magnificent Ocean Liners and the Women Who Traveled and Worked Aboard Them

This fast-paced, well-written social history will appeal to fans of women’s history who enjoy reading interesting life stories.

Phosphorescence: A Memoir of Finding Joy When Your World Goes Dark

There are sections that are reminiscent of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project, and sections similar to Amy Silverstein’s My Glory Was I Had Such Friends, but the book lacks cohesiveness and is a convoluted read overall.

The Border: A Journey Around Russia Through North Korea, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, Finland, Norway, and the Northeast Passage

Will appeal to fans of travel books who enjoy additional background and history of destinations; particularly good for readers familiar with the areas around Russia.

Low Country

Jones’s gift for spinning a tale is readily apparent, and her intertwining the history of the Low Country with her own familial history gives the book depth. A haunting memoir with poetic prose that will appeal to a large audience, owing to its interesting subject and skillful writing.

The Agitators: Three Friends Who Fought for Abolition and Women’s Rights

Filling a gap in the telling of women’s and abolitionist history, this highly readable book gives these three women their due. Wickenden’s deft touch will allow this book to appeal to a wide audience.

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